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Hostess Brands President & CEO Gregory F. Rayburn
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • good pay but over the years continue to decline (in 11 reviews)

  • About only pro is that the company does provide good benefits (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • poorly ran company from upper management (in 10 reviews)

  • Long hours and dealing with a lot of people who maybe shouldn't have been placed in a position of authority (in 9 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    What a Joke

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Worker  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Inside Worker in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Hostess Brands full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    It was a good job before they took nearly 1/4th of the salary away Depends on what position you have for how many hours you work. Inside workers are 40/45, route sales are 60+

    Cons

    Poor management. Use of cardboard that is thrown away after one use; there is money for that, but not to pay your workers. real nice. Terrible hours, wage reductions do not make me wanna work any harder

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be a manager, do not run routes. Your job is to manage people and sell our brand. Not be vacation relief

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Run as fast as you can for this company

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    Current Employee - RSR  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - RSR in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Hostess Brands full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    None that I can think of. Pays ok, but they are cutting that, benefits were good, but they are cutting those also.

    Cons

    To many to list,
    Long Long thankless hours, split days (nights) off, working weekends, no life/work balance at all.
    Lazy, incompetent managers that hide in the office and send emails.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire some management that can actually do the job, sell the company to someone else

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    What Happened to this Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Route Sales  in  Chickasaw, AL
    Current Employee - Route Sales in Chickasaw, AL

    I have been working at Hostess Brands full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Always Hiring, good benefits, good guys to work with on the average

    Cons

    I have seen this company change drastically. I guess I am old Now, I made great money here 20 years ago. Now, things are ran by greedy, dishonest , unexperienced uppermanagement, who have NO BAKERY distribution training. This IS ASHAME FOR SURE. DM's hide behind emails and texts, never go out on the market, demanding things that they have NO CLUE about. A real Bread Man build a report with their customers. I could go on and ON , its sad. so much waste.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    RECRUIT SOME OLDTIMERS, WHO UNDERSTAND DISTRIBUTION, this is not a soda delivivery company. GET SOME EXPERIENCE IN HERE. STOP THE GREED, STOP THE WASTE, NO WONDER YOU ALL LOOSE MONEY, GET OUT OF YOUR OFFICES AND GO CHECK OUT THE MARKET..OR IS IT TOO HOT??

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    work life of a salesman

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    Current Employee - Route Sales Representative  in  Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Route Sales Representative in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at Hostess Brands full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good people to work with. The pay is fairly good. The benefits (for now) are alright. Immediate supervision is decent.

    Cons

    Long hours and dealing with a lot of people who maybe shouldn't have been placed in a position of authority. Second bankruptcy for the company since I've been with them. Doesn't look like we'll survive this one.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get the bankruptcy situation resolved. Whichever way it goes is preferable to going months on end not knowing if the doors will be locked the next day you come in.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poorly run Company, very bad decision making, Company wastes money.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Henderson, NV
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Henderson, NV

    I have been working at Hostess Brands

    Pros

    We have a job, average pay compared to the rest of the bakeries. The Union has been tiring to negotiate a better contract.

    Cons

    Working split days...I've heard all the reasons why we still have split days, that was a long time ago we need to move on , working weekends, constant shift changes, no respect to the employees, the ones that come in and do the LABOR!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave the employees pay alone, STOP! your big Company bonuses, and run the Company RIGHT!

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    all down hill since we got a new distric manager

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    Current Employee - Lead Clerk  in  West Mifflin, PA
    Current Employee - Lead Clerk in West Mifflin, PA

    I have been working at Hostess Brands

    Pros

    pay - customers are wonderful

    Cons

    no job security
    unfair labor practice - if your not a friend of the dm
    management needs walk our walk befor they pass judgement
    the fact that they are no longer paying our pention and no one is forcing them to
    that was part of our contract, it was a raise we were saving for our future where is that money the union told me if i want it i would have to get a attorney

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    if i was doing your job i would of already been fired for not making my numbers
    now its your turn step down you don't know how to meet your numbers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    in hell just waiting to get out of the fire so life can begin again,at this point anywhere would be better

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    Current Employee - Line Catcher  in  Emporia, KS
    Current Employee - Line Catcher in Emporia, KS

    I have been working at Hostess Brands

    Pros

    retirement,and if this was not in the next 5 years I might just shoot myself.But I wouldn't give them the sadisfaction!

    Cons

    management is made up of lazy people screwing people just to make there jobs easier and to get there friends in jobs that they dont deserve.Working splite days off, odd hours even working the alot of the holidays and always working the weekends unless you are part of the good ol'boy system that management has created.Never being able to go to speical events,take part in school fuctions with your kids because you either have to go to work or get up so early,and friends for get doing anything with them because they have normal jobs. Not one that makes there life so messed up beause every week your days are split and your days off change unless your are part of the good OL'boy club and its only because management can do it and laugh about it for the most part.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you need to come in to the emporia plant and don't just take there word about what they do or don't do, but spend time there find out what they actually do over time then save some money by cutting there payroll and stop cutting jobs or combineing jobs for us the ones that make them look good but keep gettting screwed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    if they can make you feel unskilled and uneducated they will.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hostess Brands

    Pros

    The route sales and the sales force in the thrift stores are some of the greatest people to work with and 95% of them are really hard workers.

    Cons

    The suits in charge would like for you to think you don"t deserve to have a job. They also want you to think the reason the company is going broke is because some employee stole a paperclip.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you are not up to the job, get someone who is. You may need to cut some of the huge paychecks and put in back into the company or better still use it to get yourself a research and developement dept. Oh you already have one?' could have fooled me.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Neutral

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    Current Employee - Always There No Life  in  Henderson, NV
    Current Employee - Always There No Life in Henderson, NV

    I have been working at Hostess Brands

    Pros

    They have good benefits yeah

    Cons

    money taken out our check without permission couldnt vote non member

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have compassion for others give back what we give to you, give us back our $$

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    I have been with the company for almost 21 years and in the past five years the company has went down so fast

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    Current Employee - Shipping  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Shipping in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Hostess Brands

    Pros

    It is a steady income and provided insurance.

    Cons

    The new upper management is clueless as to how a bakery should run, Our plant has lost so many good people due to corp, choices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    start compensating your employees for their time. Your management team does not enjoy 70 hours a week with no compensation. you make the bucks so should they!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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